NTSB Identification: CHI96LA193.
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Accident occurred Monday, June 10, 1996 in LOWELL, MI
Probable Cause Approval Date: 03/31/1998
Aircraft: Cessna 172, registration: N1106F
Injuries: 1 Serious,5 Minor.
NTSB investigators may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.
Witnesses reported the airplane made a landing approach with a quartering tailwind. The witnesses said the airplane hit the runway hard and bounced into the air two times. They reported the engine went to full power after the second bounce. The airplane had flown through five trees before colliding with the second story of a home. Shortly after getting the airplane's occupants out of the airplane, there was an explosion in the home. The pilot said he did a go-around as the airplane neared the runway's midpoint. He said he '...focusd on the trees in front of [him] and pulled significantly on [the] yoke trying to make the plane climb.' The pilot said he was not familiar with the terms 'back side of the power curve,' or 'region of reverse command.' The accident pilot's instructor was asked how he taught landings. He said the landing technique comes to the student through flying '...a whole bunch...' with the student. The accident pilot said his private pilot checkride lasted about 35 minutes. His logbook records confirm this. The FAA Designated Pilot Examiner's records showed 1.2 hours spent on a flight test.
The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be: was inadequate initial training of the pilot and inadequate flight test procedures by the FAA Designated Pilot Examiner when he reportedly had the pilot demonstrate 12 pilot operations from the FAA's practical flight test standards in 35 minutes during the pilot's private pilot flight test. A factor in this accident was the pilot's improper landing approach and go-around procedures. Full narrative available
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